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Watch: Pune workers made to do sit-ups for not paying Ganesh festival donation
Some migrant Muslim workers at a bakery shop in Pune were allegedly forced to do sit-ups publicly by members of a local Ganesh Mandal after they denied to pay donation for the upcoming Ganesh festival.
Now, a video of the same incident, occurred on August 15, has made its way to the internet and it has also gone viral.

Post the incident, some of the workers have left for their home state. Three accused have already been booked in the case, as per Pune police officials.

The incident took place after the accused who were later identified as Prakash Landage (30), Ganesh Landage (30) and Mahesh Mare (31) demanded donation of Rs.151 from the migrant workers in the name of Ganesh festival. But, the workers, who are non-Maharashtrians basically, refused to give the donation since the owner of the shop was also not there.

However, the denial did not go down well with the accused who allegedly humiliated the workers and made them to do sit-ups publicly as a punishment.

A complaint was later filed by the workers and a case under IPC sections 294 (obscene act or words in public), 341 (wrongful confinement), 385 (extortion) and 506 (criminal intimidation) was registered.

Reportedly, Mahesh Swamy, the Assistant Police Inspector said, "The complainants told us how they were threatened and humiliated."

As per a report in The Indian Express, the victims have quit their jobs at the bakery and new recruits have taken their place. "We have no clue about their whereabouts. They could have left Pune," said one of the new recruits.

The bakery owner refused to say anything on the incident, "The matter has ended… we don't want to prolong the issue."

The city police was informed that while three to four youths had left for their village in UP, the others are not reporting to the work out of fear.

Further investigations in the case are going on.

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